The Master of Computer Application (MCA) course is back in the reckoning after a brief lull during the economic slowdown.
If securing a good campus placement is considered to be a success story, then there can be no better stories in the recent times than that of B. Narasimha Rao and Easwar Rao, acknowledging the presence of the global economic meltdown. B. Narasimha Rao, a resident of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and son of a pushcart vendor, was selected by Yahoo for a mind boggling package of Rs.9 lakh through a campus drive in 2009.
Similarly, Easwar Rao, a resident of Srikakulam and son of a beedi worker, was also selected by Yahoo for the same package in the same year. The only thing common between them was that both were MCA students from GITAM University.
The college management informs that though they were not that good in communication skills, having come from rural and Telugu medium backgrounds, they were excellent in technical skills and the subject.
The success stories convey that the post graduate course of Master of Computer Application (MCA) is back into the reckoning after a brief lull due to the global recession. MCA, which is totally an indigenous programme and considered to be a terminal programme, meaning it was meant to serve a specific industry, was introduced sometime during 1994-95, just before the global IT boom. During the boom it was deemed to be a hotshot course and employers walked into the campuses with the platter.
“During the boom or now, MCA was always considered to be a highly technical oriented course and many companies preferred students from this discipline to B.Tech. or B.E students. As far as software development is concerned, MCA students do have an edge over the others, as the course primarily focuses on computer application and management. Last year we had about 60 campus placements and this year we have already touched 30 and expect a few other companies to come to the campus,” says the Head of The Department of MCA, GITAM University, Prof. B. Swami.
Demand and supply
A few academics point out that the lull in the MCA placement is also due to the demand and supply equation. “Anticipating the boom to continue forever, MCA colleges mushroomed over the State. At one point about 50,000 MCA graduates were being churned out. The global slowdown was a boon to the students as well as to the industry.
Computer science and IT are now on the upward swing and this time it is going to be a steady swing, and we expect no such recession in the near future.
There will be no shortage of jobs, but the students have to remember three things: Join a good college with good faculty, as it matters a lot; work hard and get a good hold over the subjects; and develop communication skills. There shall be no shortage of jobs for MCA graduates,” says the Principal of Science College, GITAM University.
The director of TIME, an institute that imparts ICET coaching, J.V Murthy adds, “Tougher times needs better skills and abilities and value addition is the mantra. Add value to your MCA degree by bettering General Knowledge, communication skills and improving English language. MCA has got a future and software will once again rule the world. According to a survey, about 50,000 software jobs are expected to open up by the year end.”